Walking: You can walk forward, backwards, sideways and dance about. You can walk on the balls, heels and sides as you do your everyday jobs. As long as you are having fun and getting to know yourself. If a body part as th hips or anything else is bothering you ar you wish to relax it and heal it, try breathing through it. Inhale and try to breath directly through the organ even if it is internal. Exhale and let the excess come out. This takes practice and time but it does work from my experience.

As it is written in Alice in Wonderland, if you are standing in place than you are moving backwards. If you reached a place where you can breath with a pause phase of 15 (seconds, steps or whoever you count it) than move forward or complicate the work. This is a another way to know yourself. Be careful to do no harm to yourself and others. Progress in a wise manner and be human both to yourself and the people around you. We live in communities and as such need to care for one another. That is another way to be a good person and free yourself from any stress or tension that lies.

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Tension in the hips: Start by sitting on your shins with feet flat on the floor (back of the feet). With the rest of the body you create an inverted L shape. Lower yourself using the knees as pivot points. When your behind rests on the ankles you can lower the upper body more by relaxing the hip and behind muscles. If you stay “flexed” than your weight will tumble you backwards but if you relax you can rest easy backwards. Another way to relax is to breath the tension out. You inhale through the nose bringing the tension from the area and exhaling it out through the mouth. If you squat in front of a wall, facing it or with your back to it, it’s the same thing. (at least for me) Try it with the feet pointing to the sides as in a Ballet Plie and Releve.

The wall and the floor (stone or wood) are good teachers in that they are always there and nevery tire of you. They do not lie like a mat or anything that is out of everyday life. 

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The feet hold up the whole body when we stand and move around. They have a few area surfaces and as you stand they take your weight. Check this out. Stand and close your eyes (remove one sense and the others become clearer) now breath and see how this changes the weight distribution in your feet. Move your eyes in the sockets from left to right and up and down. Tilt your head. Lift one arm and so on. This is move apparent on one leg of course.

 

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There is a saying “Manuvarability > Force” and it is proven again and again, especially in the field of battle and commerce. One way to work this and form into work is to experiment with leaning tilting and all. Check if your movement is more free and effortless if you keep one leg aligned with the torso as you lean. It works so far for me and it is a nice exercise to test and have fun with.
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When we do the static push up or stand or walk or anything else, (Even free diving) there is a lot of streangth in form. For some it is a muscle fight at start to keep form. On the other hand you can look at it as a base that keep you up instead of the other way around. For example as one member in the forum noted that the bones in the arm aligned can handle the weight of the body without much muscle work or developed biceps. Transfer this lesson to anything else as you test it. if you stand up straight, there is no imbalance to counter. As we move there is freedom in keeping good form. A person who walks erect (though not a caricature of it) can change directions with no worry of pulling back since he is already on the spot.

When we are heet (intended) there is a transfer of power. as we let it pass, we can remain freely in form and keep the option of movement instead of thinking of being punched which is in the mind and can cause mental tension.  All systems are connected and attitude and keeping a calm (not Zombie but cool and relaxed) spirit will aid in all progress. There is a place for fear and anger in giving us motivation and humility but you need not work for them. Have them work for you.

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Here is a note on one leg:

Stand on one leg and close your eyes. breath for a minute and balance yourself as you relax and move your leg to various places. Now change legs and check again. Try to balance one one leg with the rest of the body parralel to the ground ala Superman. With a friend you can practice hitting and pushing as you use one leg and it helps a lot and can be fun. Remember you can use all the body to hit. Arms, head, chest torso, behind and legs.

If you take one thing away, the others compansate. From this you learn of your full potential and bring yourself to higher awareness.

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To learn how to handle a blade effectivly and efficiently there are many ways. On the left side of my father’s office there is a large bush and it grows fast in a way that obstrucks the passage. When I go there I take out a mora knife I carry in my pack and cut the access limbs and throw them into the bush so they are back to the earth as it is. It is a small knife and light so the best way in that situation has been to free the arm to drop with the body in a clear angle (no fidgeting) and the limb just falls to the ground without effort or impact on my arm. This is not to say this is best always but something to think about. 

On another note, personal observation has shown I do not sleep well if I eat before turning in. Check for yourself if this affect you yoo ? 

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Try this: Stand straight with legs together pointing forward in line with the knees. Keep your form without sticking out your behind or tilting your head or chest and rise on the toes of the feet and back to the balls or heels. If you maintain form it can be rather rewarding to see how complex and misaligned we move on the most part. It gives you something to work on. If you stand with feet to the sides as in a Ballet stance no’ 3 than the feet are working in a vise against each other as the sail does and it is easier if you cannot get off the ground for now. 

Good night for now. 

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Good morning.

Sit on your shins with the back of the feet flat on the floor (The ususal sit down at a Japanese dojo) now rise with your pelvis till you create an inverted L and using the knees as the axis and the body straight, rock jently down and up. You may want to extend the down beyond the line. It is a great feeling and mind your head.

rub your hands together till they are warm and now massage the points in the hand between the side fingers and the ones next to them. Massage the back and palm and move the bones about to free up the movement. As you do that do not neglect your feet. Flex them back and forth on the ground from heel to pad to toes.

Now, Stand and raise one foot to the opposite thigh. Bend that thigh and “explore the space” as you massage the same points in the foot as you have in the hands. Keep your alighnment with your posture and breath. In through the nose and out through the mouth. If you relax your face, everything is easier 🙂

One simple way to wake up is to rotate the limbs as in arms and so on in big circles fast this rushes the blood to the extremities and brings the needed oxygen to them. Everything starts with your breath. However it will help to combine two or more things at once. Rotate your arms in different speeds (Harder than it sounds) or at different directions. Do two things at once and so on. 

 

 

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One way to enhance awareness to breathing and the diagfram and pelvic wall is to lie on your back and go through an audio language lesson. The unfamiliarity of the sound you are making is creating a tension and adjustment as the air making the sound is driven through you. It is subtle but very effective.

To free yourself toward rolling: Lie on your back and bend the knees up so your feet rest on the ground. Now bring your hips up so only your head and shoulders (Shameless promotion 🙂 ) and feet touch the ground. From this position bring one leg up and rotate on the shoulder axis so you end up with your chest to the ground and with a little torso manipulation (Figure it out) only the chest and feet touch the ground and continue on and back.

Place your fists at the lower back and push them forward and move your shoulders about. Olay with the hight and movement. this is a lot of fun and it feels good to free up the movement.

 

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